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McIntosh, Fellow NFL Players Tour Kuwait

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 13, 2012 – 12:56 pm

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Redskins linebacker Rocky McIntosh kicked off the offseason with a trip back to his roots, touring the United States military bases in Kuwait.

Brought up in an Army family (with his wife Alessia coming from an Air Force family), McIntosh has always been supportive of our nation’s military.  Several weeks ago, he was offered an opportunity to tour Kuwait with fellow NFL players James Laurinaitis (Rams LB), Sam Bradford (Rams QB), and Seneca Wallace (Browns QB), as well as two Chiefs cheerleaders.

On this particular trip to visit deployed troops, he offered to take Redskins Nation with him, shooting footage and photos on his iPhone.  This is a glimpse of Kuwait with your tour guide and cameraman, Rocky McIntosh:

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Red Zone D Preserves Redskins Win

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 3, 2011 – 6:27 pm

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Now that the first quarter of the season is over, it’s time to look back over the first four weeks and look for the greatest improvement across the three units.  We’ll start today with defense.

Through the first two games of the season, the Redskins allowed 60 percent of opposing red zone drives to convert for touchdowns.  But since the team took its show on the road, the Redskins have allowed only one red zone touchdown, and have improved to fifth in the NFL in red zone defense (36 percent touchdowns).

Sunday showed another stellar performance, against three second half red zone opportunities for the Rams.  The first test did not come until the beginning of the fourth quarter, when Rex Grossman threw an interception to Rams cornerback Justin King.  King returned the ball to the Washington 31-yard line, putting the Rams immediately into field goal range.  A run, pass, and penalty later, the Rams had first and goal at the Redskins 3-yard line.

An offense with four downs to get three yards typically has the advantage over the defense. But the Redskins didn’t panic or fold. Read more »

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Behind Enemy Lines With Sam Bradford

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 29, 2011 – 4:06 pm

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One of the biggest storylines at Redskins Park over the last two weeks, has been the offense’s struggle to finish drives with touchdowns.

Roughly 813 miles away, the same conversation has been happening at the Rams’ Russell Training Center in Missourri.

So far this season, the Rams offense is ranked 26th in the league in red zone percentage for touchdowns (33 percent).  This week, they meet a Redskins defense that has been stingy in the redzone (37.5 percent), ranked eighth in the league.

Rams quarterback Sam Bradford listed that as a concern that needs to be fixed, in order to succeed this season.

“In the first two games, it seemed like we really struggled once we got into the red zone or the fringe area,” he told the media yesterday.  “We got drives going and then just weren’t able to finish them with touchdowns. We settled for a lot of field goals in those games.”

Watching a talented Cowboy’s offense get stone-walled for six field goals can’t be comforting for the Rams 21st-ranked offense.

The Rams will try to avenge last week’s 37-7 defeat at the hands of the Ravens, by being aggressive out of the gate.

“Last game, we just really struggled to get going in the first half,” Bradford said.  “By the time that we put a drive together, I think it was halfway through the third quarter and we were already down 30 points.”

“We’ve got to do a better job of starting fast, and then when we do have the opportunity to score touchdowns, we’ve got to make sure that we do that, and not settle for field goals.”

In case you want to do some abbreviated scouting, check out the highlights (and lowlights) of the Rams-Ravens game: Read more »

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